Using FaceTime http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4319
Troubleshooting FaceTime http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3367
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To send messages to non-Apple devices, check out the TextFree app https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/text-free-textfree-sms-real/id399355755?mt=8
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You can check the status of the FaceTime/iMessage servers at this link.
Hi Meg, I did try to send messages to other IPhone users. When I use my contact list it says cannot send because they are not registered to I Message. Yet when my daughter , today sent me a message, I got it and as long as I answer in the box that I recieved her message it sent for me. they just won't send from my contact list even though the people have IPhones. Do you understand what I am trying to say? It's awful hard to type these questions. Phones & voice to voice would be better.
Also, how do I get this contact list registered in I Messages ? I never knew I had to do that...
Thank you: Marietta Davis
Not only do the people you are attempting to mesage have to have iPhones, they (not you) have to register their phones with iMessages.
It's awful hard to type these questions. Phones & voice to voice would be better.
This is a user-to-user technical support forum. The only way to participate is by posting. If you need to speak to someone, you might try making an appointment at the Genius Bar at your local Apple Store.
Best of luck.